I tested the K60 for a few days with the standard black keys, with and without the rest in place. For day to day use I found the wrist rest was an awkward feel when typing out a review such as this, or when doing any typical day to day internet trolling that we all do. The thing I like most about the K60 is that the wrist rest just pops in and just as easily it can pop back out for whatever your comfort needs are at that moment. There is no feel difference between the K90 and K60 with the layout of Cherry MX Red switches and the surrounding rubber domed switches for the less used keys, so I can't say either is any better than the other in this respect.
Even with the macro keys being removed, I do have to make a few more mouse clicks in Photoshop, but I don't really miss them. The multimedia keys are something I use every day and have also been getting used to the Windows lock-out key for uninterrupted gameplay even if you do accidentally hit the Windows key in a serious battle. Once I added the red contoured and textured keys to the board, I found that in combination with the wrist rest is a far superior "feel" while tooling around in your favorite FPS. I was slightly worried that the curvature of the W, A, S and D keys would mess up the feel for day to day typing. It did take a few hours to get used to, but as I type this out to you on it, I don't even realize they are there when I type.
The one thing I really do miss from the K90 that the K60 just does not offer and that is the backlit keys the K90 offers. I do tend to do a lot of typing in the dark at the wee hours of the night and the gently blue glow of the keys will be sadly missed. For me there is a silver lining to this though. With the reduction in size of the K60, this keyboard is much more comfortable to set on my lap to write with, or while I am gaming with my feet on the desk, the K60 wins out hands down for me there. Keeping the sleek aluminum top, adding the textured and contoured keys along with the contoured wrist rest, the gaming experience is keyboard meets a gamepad in feel and functionality, without having to actually buy a separate device, the Vengeance K60 has it all included, it just takes a few minutes to go from out of the box condition to fully customized FPS superiority.
The price of the K60 is what I think is going to make this as stiff of a competitor in the market as the K90 is. While the larger and more functional K90 does have its perks and features that will make you want to dig $30 deeper in the pocket to own it, the K60 offers plenty to stand on its own and not live in the shadow of its bigger brother. Even though I raved about the K90, the K60 is actually what is sitting on my desk now and every day that goes by I think the K60 is more of a perfect fit for my needs and gaming style. The fact that currently the K60 is currently listing at reputable e-tailers for $99.99 with sipping included, I can't help but recommend that those wanting a mechanical keyboard with a few very useful options, the sub-$100 pricing make it affordable for anyone to try out and reap its benefits.
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